Movie Review | “A Dog’s Purpose”

by Mica Wilhite

dogs-purposeSofie, the Sheltie, was the Wilhite family dog for almost two decades. My Uncle Lum and Aunt Debbie Wilhite have hardwood floors in their home and we have spent many thanksgivings enjoying their hospitality. Each morning during the wonderful long holiday weekend, I would wake up hearing Sofie’s nails tap tap tap across the floor as she patrolled around the house seeing who was awake.

Bailey is the lead character in “A Dog’s Purpose,” the film adaption of the best-selling novel of the same name. Beginning in the 1960s, Bailey is a young Ethan’s best friend and over the next forty years is reincarnated to a series of new lives, each with a new owner. He first becomes Ellie, the German Shepherd K-9 cop; then Tino the Corgi; and finally, a nameless Saint Bernard who eventually finds his way back to a now middle-aged Ethan who names him Buddy.

“A Dog’s Purpose” is only rated as 33% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes because the story is predictable and the characters are one-dimensional. But it has a 74% audience score, most likely comprised of dog lovers who love seeing their own four-legged best friends in Bailey’s thoughts and shenanigans.

I wanted a Sheltie just like Sofie for many years and finally found a furry, tri-colored Sheltie lookalike named Sam on ten years ago. When I arrived to pick him up, the volunteer at the humane society shook my hand and said, “Hi. My name is Debbie Willhite.” (Yes, she spelled it with 2 Ls.)

“A Dog’s Purpose” (120 minutes) is showing at the Marshall Cinema with a PG-rating for some perilous scenes. Call (903) 935- 5662 or visit for a full list of show times. Then, plan to enjoy all of Bailey’s lives soon and please feel free to email us the story of your dog’s purpose.

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